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Known for its beautiful white beaches, its quickly becoming a popular resort destination. Boracay is one of the best spots for sailing, wind surfing and snorkeling.

Cebu is the place where Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted the first Spanish flag. It has made this island a historic significance.

Various landmarks in Cebu City stand, as reminder of Philippines' tryst with Spain - there is the historical Fort San Pedro and the Santo Nino Church from the 16th century, and Magellan's cross - which was erected by his crew in the year 1521.

Tourist destinations are in the vicinity of Cebu and they include Chocolate Hills on Bohol Island.

During the height of the dry season, these hills are perfectly rounded hills shaped like large chocolate drops, hence the peculiar name.

Pangalo Island nearby has good resorts and beaches, while Bantayan Island; with its untouched beaches is a better choice for the solitude seeker. Sumilon Island, also in the vicinity, has good diving sites.

Manila today is a modern day city with hints of its colonial past still evident. Although the Spanish heart of Manila - the Intramuros (translated as 'Within the Walls') was badly bombed during World War II, evidence of the 16th century Fort and its St. Augustine Church still remain.

There are many museums to check out in Manila including the Arts and Science Museum at the University of Santo Tomas and The American Military Cemetery and Memorial are outstanding. Apart from this, there are colorful, vibrant markets, parks, bars and restaurants.

Mindoro Island
The Mindoro Islands are noted for their white beaches and crystal clear water and multi-hued coral reefs. A popular diving spot is near Puerto Galera on the northern coast. Mindoro also has extensive sugar cane plantations, forests and mountains.

Palawan Island
El Nido on Palawan Island is considered the best diving spot in the Philippines. Apart from diving, a visit to the St. Paul Subterranean National Park an incredible experience with its underground river, which in fact is a long roundabout network of caves.